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Staten Island born fireman (South Bronx) and I write - occasionally coherently.
Reviews Written: 87
Member Visits: 3,803
Total Visits: 30,630
I was born and raised on Staten Island (the fifth and forgotten borough of NYC)...At this moment I'm a firefighter working in the South Bronx. I have an M.S. Ed and worked as a Program Coordinator with the physically and mentally disabled before coming to the Fire Dept.
I spend most of my free time writing, running or working around a drafty, old lake-style house. I'm learning a little about stone wall repair, re-finishing floors and other such charming and time consuming tasks.
Some Great Epinionators:
Markham Shaw Pyle's (mshawpyle) Epinions are MUST READS
Jim Scileppi (29th_Candidate) is an extraordinary writer and the next Great Communicator!
That Shaft is one baaad muthaf- [SHUT YO MOUFFF]...No, I'm really talking about John Shaft. Check him out...NOW!
Doug's (YikesDoug) opinions are candid, fresh and always well reasoned! Check out his great reads.
A gross oversight! Stephanie (Gleepish) should have lots more reads. Please check her out. You won't regret it.
Ladywulfe (ladywulfe) is an excellent and courageous writer, with Southern sensibilities.
Tamara (Tamara99) has uncommon common sense!
Matt (mattjoe) offers enticing titles, strong substance and a wide range of topics...if you stand still long enough, he might even review you one of these days.
Haemi (hkb) writes children's books as well as wonderful epinions.
Dave Corbitt (dave_corbitt) offers a wide range of exceptional Epinions...Especially check out his elctronic product reviews.
Though I may not agree politically with Dave (2manykids), he writes very well and should be read. Plus, he writes some exceptional Outdoors reviews.
Tom Gray (tomgray) writes great book reviews.
Linda (linda1527) is a straight shooter!
Jeff Greenspan (greenspj) is always on the money.
Letta (grandgram) weaves old time memories with fascinating reviews to produce some incredible concoctions!
MY Favorite Book:
Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
The Epinion I'm Proudest Of:
Accountability and Consent
Some Great Places to Visit in the Tri-State (NY, NJ, PA) Area
The Inwood section of Manhattan...where Peter Minuit bought the place.
Staten Island, New York's most livable borough
Beautiful Northwest New Jersey
Just beyond the Poconos...Northeast PA.
I never rate an opinion piece based on whether I agree or disagree with the content. Original and thought provoking pieces are the ones I appreciate most.
In product reviews, I note, but rarely detract from ratings, based on grammatical imperfections...unless they really make the piece difficult to get through. Usually I'll leave a short comment or send an e-mail with any suggestions or nits I might have.
I consider Epinions more of a common forum, where people share product information and views, not a writer's group, or workshop, so I don't hold people to those standards, especially on product reviews. I'm slightly more picky about style and substance when it comes to opinion pieces.
I'd give an informative product review with numerous grammatical errors an R, but an informative but poorly written opinion piece would get an SR at best.
Because, in my view, a "plain spoken," even a poorly worded product review can still impart vital information, but a poorly crafted opinion piece is a thumb to the eye of the views it claims to support.
If you agree with an Epinion of mine, disagree, have a "bone to pick," or just want more information, feel free to e-mail me any time...or leave a comment - I try to respond to all of them.
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